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CHR S March 15, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Six Bulldogs named to all-star squads BY DAVID PECK After going 22-5 and placing second at the state tournament, the Lovell Bull- dogs had two players named to the Class 2A All-State bas- ketball team, four named all-conference and two who received honorable mention notice. Senior guard Colin May was named all-state for the second straight year and was also named the Player of the Year in the 2A Northwest Conference. Also named all-state was junior Cody Savage. May and Savage were joined on the 2A West All-Conference team by juniors Dylan Hultgren and Ryan Clark. Receiving hon- orable mention kudos were seniors McKayan May and Morgan Baxendale. Both Savage and Co- lin May were named to the Casper Star-Tribune All State Tournament team, as well. Colin May led the Bull- dogs in scoring this season, averaging 19.7 points per game, steals with 95 (3.5/ game) and free-throwshoot- ing at 75 percent. He was sec- ond in assists with 92 (3.4/ game) and was the top three- point shooter, hitting 59 of 161 attempts for 37 percent. He also shot 51.4 percent from two-point range. "I really felt Colin was the motor of our team," coach and father Brian May said. Lovell Bulldogs named to (honorable mention), Cody and McKayan May (HM). "He's the one when he got started well, we usually did a good job in the game. He showed good composure and was a hard competitor. He's a really good defender individ- ually, handles the ball well and is a good shooter, both from the perimeter and the foul line. "Colin's dedication was the difference between him DAVID PECK the 2A West All-Conference basketball team were (l-r) Morgan Baxendale Savage (also all-state), Ryan Clark, Dylan Hultgren, Colin May (also all-state) and some other kids. Some kids come in and play dur- ing open gym, but Colin will (come in early to) focus on individual skill things like ball-handling and shooting. Sometimes he'll do 2 hours a day, then go to open gym." May took advantage of opportunities to attend bas- ketball camps, Coach May said, then worked on things camp coaches identified. "He and Cody have prob- ably been the hardest work- ers as far as building their skills," Coach May said. "My plea to kids if they want to get better is that they need to look at Colin and Cody as examples of sacrificing time to get better at a game they love, which helped our team a great deal. "They had that desire to improve. What people don't see is the work ethic, desire and passion to not only make themselves better but also their teammates." Savage led the Bulldogs in rebounding at 9 per game, blocked shots with 34 and shooting percentage, hitting 187 of 317 two-pointers (59 percent) and 6 of 14 three- pointers (43 percent) for an overall shooting percent- age of 58.3. He was second in scoring at 17.6 points per game, third in assists with 61 and third in steals with 55. "He's also a kid who will spend a lot of time improv- ing his game," Coach May said. "He lifts weights to gain strength and had an ability to use his body in the post. Due to his work ethic and de- sire to get better his ball-han- dling and shooting range are also getting better. "Cody is another exam- ple of a kid who would come in early and work on the things he wanted to improve on without you begging him. That one-two punch of Colin and Cody really helped us a lot this year. We improved our scoring as a team by 12 points from a year ago." May called Hultgren a "smart basketball player and a smart kid who makes really good decisions" and also does a great job rebounding for a guard. Hultgren led the Bull- dogs in assists with 95 (3.5 per game), was second in steals with 76 (2.8/game), third in scoring at 7.2 ppg and fifth in rebounding with 108 (4/game). "I felt as the year went on that Dylan got more com- fortable with his offense as far as handling the ball and See 'BULLDOGS,' Page 11 PATTI CARPENTER Rocky Mountain Grizzlies named to the Class 2A West All-Conference boys basketball team were Bryce Ward (left) and Michael Bernhisel. Grizzlies Ward and Bernhisel make all-conference team BY DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain juniors Bryce Ward and Michael Bernhisel were both named to the Class 2A West All- Conference team announced recently. Both were starters and leaders on the young Grizzly team that finished 9-15 and missed going to State by one game at Regionals. Ward was the lead- ing scorer on the Grizzlies this season, averaging 12.7 points per game. He was also second in rebounding, pulling down 4.6 caroms per contest. "Bryce Ward was our leading stats player return- ing from a year ago. He was good as a sophomore, so ob- viously having that expe- rience was valuable to the team," coach Michael Sim- mons said. "He works hard. He was always a threat from the perimeter, and as the season progressed he be- came more of a threat with his dribble penetration. That kind of made him a double- edged weapon." Ward and Bernisel were both selected by their team- mates as team captains for the 2011-12 season. Simmons said Ward was also a key member of the team defensively, noting that, with the team's lack of size, Ward had to sometimes guard a post player inside. He said the Grizzlies did a good job defensively, especial- ly considering that the team had to play an up-tempo style of basketball to take advan- tage of the team's strengths, which gave opponents more opportunities to score. "I told the young men that they were probably go- ing to give up some defensive stats, but we still managed to do pretty good," Simmons said. "We were third in the region in team defense. Our stops per possession were as good as they've ever been." Bernhisel ran the show for the Grizzlies at point guard and grew into the role as a starter this season, Sim- mons said. "He was one of the young men you always knew was going to become a good play- er," the coach said. "He was at all the camps, and once he got the chance, we knew he would do well. In his first year as a starter he was one of the go-to guys. "There's a lot of pressure on the point guard, and he did a good job with that. He improved as the season pro- gressed." Simmons said Bernhisel did the "quiet things" that don't always get noticed or make the box score, like as- sists and steals and getting the team calmed down and into the offense. "We know he's going to keep everything going the way it needs to," Simmons added. "I hope as he gains confidence in himself that he will be even more of a threat next year. He's capable of be- ing a double-digit guy scor- ing with half a dozen as- sists." Bernhisel finished third on the team in scoring at 8.3 points per game. He led the team in assists with 82 and steals with 57, and he was third in rebounding, pulling down 4.2 boards per game. Four Lady Bulldogs receive post-season honors BY DAVID PECK A 25-1 record and a sec- ond straight Class 2A state title led to three members of the 2011-12 Lovell Lady Bulldogs girls basketball team to be named to the 2A All-State basketball team and one other to be named all-conference. Seniors Alyssa Geiser and Leanne Winterholler and junior Amanda Shum- way were named to the all- state squad, while senior Erin Robertson joined her teammates on the 2A West All-Conference squad in a vote of coaches. Geiser was named all- state for the second straight year. The point guard aver- aged 8.4 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game this season, and she led the team in three-point shoot- ing, hitting 36 of 96 shots for 38 percent from beyond the arc. She also shot 53 per- cent from two-point range. Geiser led the team in as- sists with 80 and was sec- ond in steals and fourth in scoring average. "Alyssa was the igniter of everything we did," coach Chris Edwards said. "She fueled us defensively and of- fensively she was a steady ball-handler and a very effi- cient shooter. She was very selective with her shots and at times we had to encour- age her to shoot more. "Alyssa has a tremen- dous understanding of the game and knew what it took to make her team bet- ter. She's one of the hardest workers in practice. She's not necessarily a vocal lead- er, but she led by example in practice." Edwards noted that Geiser was battle-tested from years of starting and handling pressure. 'Tou couldn't faze her," he said. "She could handle all of the pressure and come up with the big play when needed." Winterholler was sec- ond on the team in scoring average at 8.8 points per game, second on the team in assists at 2.8 per game and third in steals with 52. She shot 52 percent from two- point range and 32 percent from beyond the arc. "This year having her leadership and her experi- ence was huge for us," Ed- wards said. "She is gifted DAVID PECK Lovell Lady Bulldogs named to the 2A West All-Conference girls basketball team were (l-r) Amanda Shumway, Alyssa Geiser, Erin Robertson and Leanne Winterholler. Shumway, Geiser and Winterholler were also named all-state. as far as her athletic abil- ity, yet she worked her tail off to develop the funda- mentals of the game. Over the summer she really de- veloped more endurance by running three or four miles per day. "She spent hours shoot- ing the basketball over the summer and developing bet- ter ball-handling skills." Edwards noted that Winterholler was a multi- dimensional player who could play the one or two positions and yet had the size to match up with a four (power forward). "She was a leader who expected those around her to work as hard as she did," Edwards said. "She was a tough match-up because she could score off the dribble or hit a perimeter shot. "Defensively, she really stepped her game up. She could cover some ground and used her wingspan to create some problems for other teams." Shumway led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring, aver- aging 10.4 points per game. She shot 48 percent from two-point range and 36 per- cent from long range. She was second on the team in rebounding at 5.6 boards per game and led the team in offensive rebounding at 2.9 per game. Shumway had 43 assists and 46 steals. She came on strong at the end of the season, aver- aging 14.7 points per game in the playoffs. "Amanda brought a physical toughness to the team. She was going to out- work people," Edwards said. "She was one who under- stood good cuts and good slashes to the basket. She was an attacker, and she wanted to challenge you. She had a good nose for the rim. Yet she also developed an effective three-point shot. A defender couldn't back off, or she would knock down that shot, but if you tucked up tight she would rip right by you and get the layup. "She could guard any- one from a two guard to a four player. There were times when she would re- bound it, outlet it and still be the first girl down the floor. She put in time last year to improve and will this year again. What impressed me about Amanda was her desire to play defense with a lot of passion. She was good at wing denying and at de- nying cutters." Robertson led the team in rebounding with 6.2 boards per game, and she was third in scoring at 8.7 points per contest. She led the team in blocked shots with 20 and in steals with 66. Robertson shot 56 per- cent from the field this sea- son. "Erin brought that physical presence inside to challenge opposing post players," Edwards said. "She could create prob- lems whether we were play- ing man or zone. She had a nose for the ball and cre- ated a lot of turnovers. She had cat-quick reflexes, and she would read the passing lanes and step in and get steals. "Athletically, she could get up and down the floor with the guards and yet was physically strong enough to control the rebounding as- Pect of the game." Robertson was another unselfish player, Edwards said. 'Tee really had to grind it into her to be more asser- tive offensively," he said. "She was willing to pass in- stead of attacking the bas- ket, but when she did attack she had a good up-and-un- der move and a nice, soft touch around the basket."